Channel 2's Christian Jennings reports.

Cops: Thieves stole van from Gwinnett church

Lilburn police are searching for four men who stole a church van early Sunday morning, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

The men were seen stealing the van from Calvary Baptist Church on surveillance footage at 2:40 a.m. Sunday. It took them about 10 minutes to break into the van, start the engine, remove the seats and drive away, footage shows. 

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Pastor Brandon Dobson believes the thieves had cased the church before they struck, he told Channel 2. 

"I’m sure they kinda profiled the place before they showed up. They knew our vans were here," Dobson said.

No new leads have emerged since the early Sunday morning theft, a Lilburn Police Department spokesman told Channel 2.

The van was primarily used to transport kids to church services when they did not have another way to get there, Dobson said. He said he’s already forgiven the thieves.

"It’s just a reminder there is great need in our area and great opportunity, so we just want to continue to love our community well, the way Christ first loved us," Dobson said.

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